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Mattituck-Laurel civic group discusses solutions for Love Lane intersection

A view of Old Sound Avenue (center) from the corner of Love Lane and Main Road. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Residents at a well-attended meeting for the Mattituck-Laurel Civic Association Wednesday night shared new ideas to remake a “dangerous” intersection near Love Lane, the civic association’s president said Thursday. 

The civic group drew more than 60 people to discuss what to do for the intersection of Love Lane and Route 25 in Mattituck, said president Mary Eisenstein.

“Everyone agreed that that intersection is dangerous and something needs to be done,” she said. “We the community are saying we will do something before something tragic happens.”

While the idea of closing Old Sound Avenue to vehicular traffic has been pitched, some at the meeting had other ideas.

Among them: adding a traffic light, creating a traffic circle, stop signs for those heading east on Main Road or barring left turns onto Love Lane.

Ms. Eisenstein said the group had previously met with both town officials and representatives from the nearby churches and theater to discuss what could be done. She said both Town Supervisor Scott Russell and Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo pledged their support for the community’s grassroots effort to change the roadway.

The meeting also included mention of a poll the civic group is taking to determine what its stance is on a proposal to develop several acres of space in Mattituck and rezone the land.

Ms. Eisenstein said the question is being sent to all of the group’s 96 registered members and will be due back on Sept. 4. She said she was pleased by the level of engagement the civic group has seen since it was founded earlier this year.

“It is a testament to this community,” she said. “They want this, otherwise you wouldn’t be having these numbers in such a short amount of time.”

Photo Caption: A view of Old Sound Avenue (center) from the corner of Love Lane and Main Road. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

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